FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Does somebody owe you a party?

There was a time when I thought I must be eccentric because I was one of the very few kids who didn't drink, didn't smoke, and didn't gossip about sex. I'm sure every class and every high school always has had a fair share of nondrinkers, and so forth; but I used to feel I was all alone, and I got to be pretty self-conscious about it.

Actually it wasn't until I was in a new high school that feeling "out of it" bothered me. This was probably because I never had wanted to belong to a crowd. My friends were always just kids who happened to do interesting things—for me that meant camping, hiking, singing folk songs, and writing plays and poetry. We never liked hanging around, or clothes, or drinking parties. And we weren't worried about where we belonged; so that made it easier to decide against drugs, and about such things as dating, and whether we took our schoolwork seriously.

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